Student welfare is integral to the process of teaching and learning. The welfare of all our students and staff is important so that they feel engaged and connected but particular focus is placed on the welfare of students under the age of 18 years. Students will perform best in a stable, safe, supporting and welcoming environment.

Welfare Officer

The College has a dedicated Welfare Officer who is a qualified psychologist to monitor the wellbeing of all students and provide, where necessary, intervention to consult with students and parents/guardians of students under the age of 18 immediately when an issue arises. In more serious cases, the Welfare Officer will engage external professionals to assist the students; these may include:

  • – Psychologist
  • – Behavioural therapist
  • – Sociotherapists
  • – Guidance counsellors
  • – Medical support services, practitioners and specialist
  • – Specific youth agencies; DHS family Assistance
  • – VIC Aboriginal Health Services
  • – Youth Substance Abuse Services

The issue may be student raised or teacher raised and will possibly be aligned to teaching and learning, student achievement, attendance, abuse, social problems, or family problems. In all cases of Welfare Officer intervention, the College will abide by privacy laws and will seek to gain the best possible outcome for the student regardless of the issue at hand. The Student handbook lists a number of supporting agencies for students. The College commits to providing professional support wherever and whenever required by both students and staff.

Child Safe Policies

A number of the College’s related Policies and Procedures clearly articulate a zero tolerance to bullying alcohol and drugs. The College is aware that problems will arise and a need for them to be dealt with quickly and efficiently is paramount. These are not limited to but may include:

  • – Bullying including Cyber bullying
  • – Drug alcohol and tobacco abuse
  • – Mental health
  • – Physical abuse
  • – Social problems
  • – Family problems
  • – Emotional and physical illness
  • – Disability support – Harassment
  • – Racial vilification
  • – Study skill support
  • – Career path exploration
  • – Goal setting
  • – Peer pressure

All College staff are mandated under Section 184 Children Youth and Families ACT 2OO5 to make a report to Child Protection when, in the course of practicing their profession or carrying out the duties of office position or employment, form the belief on reasonable grounds that a child is in need of protection. This is application to students under the age of 18 years. Types of child abuse include physical abuse, sexual abuse, emotional abuse, neglect and family violence.

The College will, without question, provide a harmonious environment in which students do not feel apprehension. It is unlawful to discriminate against people because of their age, gender, physical or intellectual disability, marital status, sexuality, country of birth, language, race, creed, religion, culture or other background.

Students under the age of 18 years will be supervised at all times including arrival and departures from the nearby two rail stations. Students with special needs will be factored and catered for through appropriate learning stations and other needs such as toiletry requirements, medication and special dietary requirements. The College will promote group support amongst staff and students and monitor student performance and behaviour.

There are seven minimum child safe standards with an overarching principle of inclusion which applies to each of the Standards.

The intention of these new Child Safe Standards is to make organisations, including schools, consider and address child abuse situations and risks in an integrated and proactive fashion.

Ministerial Order No. 870 ensures that school governing authorities must take account of the diversity of all children, including (but not limited to) the needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, children from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, children with disabilities, and children who are vulnerable.

The seven standards involve:

  • The development of an organisational culture of child safety.
  • The development of a commitment to Child Safety and a Child safety policy.
  • The development and implementation of an organisation wide Code of conduct.
  • The development and implementation of human resource practices that reduce the risk of child abuse by new and existing personnel.
  • Identifying and responding to all forms of abuse and implementation of policies and procedures around this.
  • The development and implementation of strategies to reduce or remove the risks of child abuse.
  • The development and implementation of strategies to empower and include children.

NMGC has developed three specific policies in response to the Child Safe Standards. Other College policies have been adjusted to reflect the requirements of the Child Safe Standards (eg Employment policies have been changed to reflect the new requirements)

The main policy covering our response to the Child Safe Standards is:

VCEPP530 Child Safety Policy and Procedure V1.2

We also have policies on: